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Stories, Anthologies, And Bundles Galore!

December’s usually a slow publishing month, but not this year. If you want to read some great new fiction this December, look no farther.

9780615783567_p0_v2_s260x420First, the latest Fiction River volume, Hex In The Cityappeared just today. Put together by acclaimed editor Kerrie L. Hughes, Hex In The City features stories by award-winning authors Jay Lake and Lee Allred, bestsellers Nancy Holder and Seanan McGuire, as well as stories by me and Dean. The book’s available in e-book and trade paper, and will be out in audio soon. You can find copies in the format of your choice at your favorite retailers, online, or in all e-bookstores.

51UgiAGavEL._SL150_Speaking of audio versions of Fiction River, Christmas Ghosts’s audio version has just appeared. It features the voice talents of Jane Kennedy and Jerimy Colbert, among others, and is perfect listening material for those mid-winter commutes. (I have a story in that volume too. In fact, I have stories in all the Fiction River volumes. You can subscribe to next year’s anthologies at a great price by clicking here.)

9780988125759_p0_v1_s260x420If you like space opera–and who doesn’t?–then Bryan Thomas Schmidt edited an anthology just for you. It’s called Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For A New Age.  You’ll find stories from Mike Resnick, Allen M. Steele, Sarah A. Hoyt, Brenda Cooper–and me. In fact if you want to know why all those women wear skimpy clothes in the space opera portraits, read my “Rick The Robber Baron,” and you’ll find out. Available in ebook and trade paper at your favorite retailers or order a copy here.

And since we’re talking about classic forms of fiction, here’s one more anthology for you. Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia gave Joe Lansdale, Peter David, Mercedes Lackey and many others the chance to play in The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read Tarzan at that perfect age of adventure–yes, I was twelve–and so I decided to do a Tarzan story. Leave it to me to emulate Burroughs and not the movies. So there’s no jungle, but lots of adventure nonetheless. Available in trade paper and ebook from all the various venues. You’ll have a lot of fun here.

9781451639353_p0_v3_s260x420I know, all this will keep you busy until the New Year, but you’ll need something to read then as well. Here’s a bargain you can’t pass up–and you can give it as a gift (or gifts!) as well. Fiction Bundle is offering its first bundle and it’s a doozy. For a minimum price of $6, you can get seven e-books and donate to charity. The ebooks are good too. I’ve read many of them. They include one of my favorite Kevin J. Anderson novels which he wrote with Doug Beason, Assemblers of Infinity, Frank Herbert’s The Godmakers, a marvelous short story collection by Tim Pratt, and one of Dean Wesley Smith’s most memorable novels ( another of my favorites), Dust and Kisses. Plus  you’ll get a collection from Hug0-winner Brad R. Torgerson and a marvelous fantasy novel from David Farland. And no, I’m not in this one. I just think it’s a great deal.

So head on over to Fictionbundle.com, and load up on reading material for you and everyone on your list who has an e-reader–and give money to two worthy causes at the same time.

Lots of reading, lots of possible gifts here, and lots of fun. Merry, merry!






  1. dafaolta dafaolta
    December 11, 2013    

    I didn’t intend to do this when I read the list, but the comment about reading Tarzan did it to me. I loved ERB and all his funky worlds. I found Tarzan via the movie reruns first, I think. And the TV series (Ron Ely is still hot!). I did eventually read the book and many of the others in the series, some as pbks and some as vintage hcs. I came to the books as the Frazetta covers were coming on and I was as interested (some ways even more so thanks to Narnia) with the Mars books. I have had a fatal love affair with pulp-ish fiction ever since.

    So I bought that anthology, and went on to buy all the Fiction River kindle books as well. Merry Christmas to me!

    • December 11, 2013    

      I hope you enjoy them all. And yeah, Tarzan. I have great, great, great memories of reading those books the first time.

  2. Chong Go Chong Go
    December 10, 2013    

    Thanks for these reviews and the other, monthly reviews you post. I’m always finding out about great new stories I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

  3. December 10, 2013    

    Makes me wish I could read a lot faster than I do. I’m seriously feeling the fierce urgency of now. 🙂

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